McMichael, Noak pick up petitions for Romeoville election
By BRIAN STANLEY firstname.lastname@example.org September 27, 2012 11:50AM
Former Chicago Bears player Steve McMichael | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 29, 2012 6:51AM
ROMEOVILLE — The incumbent mayor and a former Bears star have pulled petitions for next year’s elections.
Mayor John Noak picked up a petition on their first day of availability Tuesday and Steve McMichael, co-owner of Mongo McMichael’s Sports Bar, followed suit a day later.
Candidates do not have to declare a party or indicate what position they will seek, but a village staffer said no other election petitions had been taken as of 11 a.m. Thursday.
The petitions must be filed by Dec. 24 for the April 9, 2013, election.
McMichael, who played professional football from 1980 to 1994, moved to the village in April after opening the bar in 2010. This is his first time seeking elected office.
In August, McMichael said he plans to run for village mayor.
He said he got the idea while thinking about the schools his 4-year-old daughter will attend and speaking with residents at his business about their concerns.
Noak, a former trustee, stepped in as acting mayor when Fred DeWald resigned in February 2008 and was elected mayor the following year. He has been a resident since 2002.